These days having a side hustle is about as ubiquitous as Starbucks. A side hustle is a great way to help you achieve your financial goals. You can earn extra money to build a travel fund, pay down debt, or even save up to remodel your kitchen. Have you thought about starting your own side hustle, but aren’t sure where to begin? Perhaps you’re not sure what type of side hustle is right for you. Check out these tips to get you started.
Combine Your Skills and Hobbies
Ideally a side hustle combines a skill you possess with an activity you enjoy. For example, one of my side hustles is driving for Uber, Lyft, and SideCar. It’s a great way to combine my skills and interests. I have a great time interacting with fun and interesting people and I’m a skilled and courteous driver who knows the area well. That is why I consider rideshare driving a perfect side hustle.
A good first step to finding your perfect side hustle is brainstorming a list of your skills and interests. Be specific and creative. Think about areas in which you have extensive knowledge. Ask yourself if there has ever been a resource or service you needed that wasn’t available. If you can fill that need, you’ve discovered your side hustle. Add to your list when you think of new skills and interests, and eventually an idea will emerge from your list, such as tutoring online
Consider Your Ideal Environment
Your personality type may meld better with certain types of side hustles. Perhaps you work independently at your day job and crave social interaction after work hours. In this case you might prefer a more interactive side hustle.
Coaching sports is a fun way to stay involved with your favorite sports. If you aren’t interested in coaching consider becoming an official (referee, umpire, and scorekeeper). Like coaching, personal trainers and group fitness instructors get paid to be active and help other’s reach their health and fitness goals. If sports aren’t your thing, consider becoming a tutor in your favorite subjects.
If you enjoy interacting with people, a service side hustle such as bartending, event management, or waiting tables might be a good option for you. If you’ve discovered a product you believe in (makeup, kitchen products, nutrition supplements) direct sales may be the ideal side hustle as it incorporates both networking and people skills.
On the other hand, maybe you work with people all day long and you find a home based side hustle more appealing. There are a number of web based side hustle options. If you enjoy writing, freelance writing is a popular side hustle that can be done from the comfort of your couch. The same goes for being a virtual assistant. There are many types of virtual assistant jobs such as managing social media, marketing, and graphic design to name a few.
A side hustle is a great way to move you toward your financial goals. The best way to discover a side hustle you truly enjoy is to jump right in and try something out. Since it is extra work done on the side, it’s important you find some pleasure in it. After all, the more you enjoy your side hustle, the less it will feel like actual work. The great thing about side hustling, as it isn’t your main source of income, is that if you don’t find something you like right away, you can switch it up and try something new. Before you know it, you’ll be able to find the right side hustle for you.